Aug. 19, 1997
Seminoles Hold First Full-Pads Practice
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- The No. 3 ranked Florida State Seminoles held their first practice in full pads this morning as two-a-days continued. The 8:30 a.m. session (24 periods) included 11-on-11 scrimmaging for the last 20 minutes. The team worked in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) during the 4:30 p.m. practice.
"I saw some improvement today," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "We didn't hold back on anything. The guys did a better job on the board drill."
Before the 11-on-11 scrimmaging, CB Samari Rolle and OG Donald Heaven were injured and held out of the remainder of practice. Rolle was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and Heaven suffered a left hand contusion after both X-rays came back negative.
Daryl Bush recovered a fumbled snap on the first play of 11-on-11, but the No. 2 offense responded against the No. 1 defense as Dan Kendra hit Ron Dugans on a 40-yard pass. Other highlights included a 20-yard swing pass from Kendra to freshman Davy Ford, a pass break-up by Andre Wadsworth to prevent a score, a 3-yard fade TD pass from Kendra to Peter Warrick and Travis Minor 3-yard TD run up the middle.
Safety Sean Key turned in the biggest hit of the day earlier in the morning as Tres Walton attempted to come across the middle on a 15-yard route. Key was able to force the incompletion as he jarred the ball loose with the hit.
In the 18-period afternoon practice, QB Thad Busby and WR Peter Warrick were involved in the two most impressive plays during one-minute offense. Busby hit Warrick on a diving 45-yard completion down the right sideline and then connected with Warrick on a long touchdown pass to close out the 11-on-11 work in shells.
At the end of practice Coach Bowden told the team if either one of the two kickers (Bill Gramatica and Sebastian Janikowski) could hit a 55-yard field goal they wouldn't have conditioning. Gramatica went first and nailed the kick to the delight of his teammates.
"It was right down the gut," said Bowden. "I didn't realize he was that accurate from that far. We will probably have to go from 60 yards next time."
"The offense did better today," commented Bowden after the second practice. "Ron Dugans continues to stand out as the most consistent receiver. He looks like he wants somebody's job."
The Seminoles will have a kicking practice tomorrow morning and hold their first full scrimmage at 5:15 p.m in Doak Campbell Stadium. The scrimmage will be closed to the public.